Column: Bimbos, ‘bottom girls’ and the ugly reality of misogyny in our justice system
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A few weeks ago, a group of us gathered together at the beautiful, elegant and grand Royal Pavilion in Wellington, New Zealand. As we took our seats on the plush sofas and chairs, I noted with pride the men in their bright, sharp suits, the pretty young ladies with their high heels, and the men in their smart and conservative suits taking notes. We were here for a conference called “The Future of the Law in the Age of Women Inequality”.
Over the course of the conference we were reminded again and again how men like to dominate the conversation. And how men like to dominate the stage (by virtue of their man-power), how men like to dominate the conversation (by virtue of what they’ve built, what they have to say), and how they like to dominate the law (by virtue of their money), and how women hate men like that.
I was also reminded that the law still overwhelmingly treats women as second-class citizens – in the legal system and in the workplace.
The conference began with a session of law students. It was an interesting discussion where they discussed the law and justice in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. However, on the flip side of the law, a session was introduced where law students talked about how women are still routinely abused by men in the legal system. This was followed by a session from Victoria University’s Women’s Law Centre, who discussed issues pertaining to the law and justice for women. The highlight of the session was the panel, “The Power of Bimbos: An Examination of Women Inequality in the Law”.
A panel of women from the Women’s Legal Centre discussed how the law is still not gender-equal – despite our gains over the last 120 years. Not only was the session discussed by several of the panelists, it was also presented as a speech, titled “Men: the Enemy Within”. The panelists discussed the male dominated legal profession in New Zealand, and suggested that the law treats women like children. The session included the following questions and